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Leave the caps at home

In the almost 23 years I have been at the newspaper, I have covered a lot of school award programs and graduations. Graduations are most definitely is not the time or place to wear a cap. Caps are not to be worn inside a building. They should always be removed when going into a building, […]

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Graduates: Take all those punches in stride

It’s time again for those blue, black, red and maroon gowns to show our county schools’ true colors of greatness. Those colors have made our communities proud with winning sports seasons and on T-shirts showing Bulldog, Panther, Lion, Tiger and Seminole pride, and they always will. Even though those extensions of a school will never […]

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The numbers don’t lie when it comes to student accomplishments

As the 2015-2016 is winding down into its final days, it’s really an understatement to say the past week has been a phenomenal bookend to the year. Starting with athletics, the Smithville High School Lady Noles are number 1 in their division after clinching the Mississippi High School Athletic Association Class 1A fast-pitch softball state […]

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Be mom enough to quit

For the Monroe Journal Mothers play an essential role in protecting their children from the impact of tobacco. Tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure are a leading cause of death among women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 86,000 kids have already lost their mom to smoking. If you are […]

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Celebrating National Hospital Week

By J. Allen Tyra, chief executive officer of Merit Health Gilmore Memorial Hospitals are more than a place where people go to heal, or to receive treatment when sick or injured. Hospitals are often at the very heart of their communities, contributing to the physical, emotional and financial health. During National Hospital Week, Merit Health Gilmore […]

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Right at Home’s Caregiver of the Year program honors professional caregivers

For the Monroe Journal Steadfast. Hardworking. Dedicated. Countless words describe the untiring commitment of the professional in-home caregivers who provide personal health support for seniors and disabled adults across America – wherever care recipients call home. Working in tandem with care recipients and their families, elder care professionals ensure the highest quality of care for […]

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Missing old friends means you’re missing out on so much more

There were a lot of songs to sing along to during the college years. Some we jumped up and down to, and others we swayed along with, depending on the setting and mood. For whatever rhyme or reason, some lyrics and song titles just fused right into sayings in our vocabulary, as was the case […]

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Social Security Knowledge Center: What now?

For the Monroe Journal The Claiming Strategy called File and Suspend is a thing of the past, as the deadline was April 30, 2016, but many Americans age 62, by Dec. 31, 2015 have a lot to cheer about. The “Restricted Application” for spousal benefits will continue for many years to come. What is a […]

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Social Security Knowledge Center: “The truth”

Roy and I were reflecting about our articles over the last two years, and we had to chuckle…when we first started this business, some put us in the same category as salesmen offering a 32-percent return on your investment. They just didn’t believe that Social Security claiming strategies were available and that we were pulling […]

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